New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Patriots-Lions First Quarter Thoughts

* Was there ever any doubt that Tom Brady would play in this game? I didn’t think so.

* Ndamukong Suh gets to Brady to end the Pats first drive, no question who will be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the year, and maybe the overall Defensive Player of the Year.

* Edelman with a great return for the Pats after the D steps up and stops the Lions on 3rd and 7. Matt Slater the gunner gets the big block.

* Great throw by Brady to Wes Welker for 19 yards, throws it behind Welker who comes back to make the catch, 501 for Welker all-time.

* Just short of the first, and the Pats decide to kick the chippy field goal instead of going for it on fourth and short to make it 3-0 with 5 min left in the first quarter.

* Aaron Brown breaks off a decent run after Shaun Hill converts a third down. 2nd and 3.

* Shaun Hill breaks away from Mayo for a first down as the Lions drive continues with another third down conversion.

* Ugh, Hill to Johnson touchdown from 19 yards out gives the Lions a 7-3 lead at the end of one. This isn’t going to be easy.

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